The Missing Link

 

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Copyright dlovering

I couldn’t have known, though in hindsight I did.

Music, conversation, laughter. The celebration, the matrimony, the blessing. Food, wine, decadent desserts. There was not a moment out-of-place, nor a tear shed for less than overwhelming happiness.

There was so much joy and love. It was in our picture hanging high above the revelers. It was in the decorations, livened by the breeze. It was between friends and family. It was in the air, palpable, as vibrant and alive as every budding flower and buzzing bee. It was in my womb.

It was everywhere, but between us.

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97 words. Feedback appreciated. Today is the two-year anniversary, antiversary really, of my divorce. Ugh. It sucks beyond measure, but not because of the loss of connection between husband and wife.

What story comes to mind when you see that picture? Join inFriday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge – write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key – make every word count.

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33 thoughts on “The Missing Link

  1. Great build up of such happiness and positivity with that last line which completely changes the mood – I imagine that person as a little island of sadness amidst it all.

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    • Thank you draliman! The first and last lines are the shadows of an otherwise sunny story. She is a little island of sadness-feeling like the only one who knows it’s a sham.

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    • I tried to hint that not all was right with the into “I couldn’t have known…”.
      A lump in the throat is probably pretty close to how she felt. It’s not a pleasant moment. Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

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    • Thank you Rochelle! That’s what I was hoping for. I’m enjoying this challenge. Thanks for keeping it going and for all your encouragement.

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  2. Your title says it all, and leads the reader through the contrast of the hype of the ‘perfect’ wedding and the reality of a marriage that isn’t right. I wanted to reach out and squeeze her hand – well told.

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    • Thank you! I do like to try to use the title as free words to contribute to the story without counting against the 100 word limit. So I’m happy to hear it clued you in.

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    • It was a show, and it probably happens more than we realize. There’s such pressure to “couple-up”. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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  3. Wow Melanie– that’s an a beautiful yet eerily hearbreaking way to describe what happened. It’s interesting to see how a photo prompt is so uniquely filtered through everyone’s unique experiences.

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    • Thank you Aussa. I watched this challenge for a while (blog stalked, if you will) before I decided to join in. I was hesitant thinking there couldn’t possibly be one hundred different stories from one picture, but I learned (happily) that I was wrong.

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